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Strategies to Relieve, Prevent and Manage Stress: Part C

Besides the 4 A’s  strategies, there are also other two strategies to relieve or prevent stress, so strategy 5 and 6 come:

Stress management strategy #5: Make time for fun and relaxation
Beyond a take-charge approach and a positive attitude, you can reduce stress in your life by nurturing yourself. If you regularly make time for fun and relaxation, you’ll be in a better place to handle life’s stressors when they inevitably come.

  • Set aside relaxation time.
  • Connect with others.
  • Do something you enjoy every day.
  • Keep your sense of humor.

Stress management strategy #6: Adopt a healthy lifestyle
You can increase your resistance to stress by strengthening your physical health.

  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Reduce caffeine and sugar.
  • Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs.
  • Get enough sleep.
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Strategies to Relieve, Prevent and Manage Stress: Part B

If you cannot change the stressfull situation easily, there is no need to do more idle work. You can try your best to adapt to the stressor or accept the things you can’t change. These two strategies can also relieve stress:

Stress management strategy #3: Adapt to the stressor
If you can’t change the stressor, change yourself. You can adapt to stressful situations and regain your sense of control by changing your expectations and attitude.

  • Reframe problems.
  • Look at the big picture.
  • Adjust your standards.
  • Focus on the positive.

Stress management strategy #4: Accept the things you can’t change
Some sources of stress are unavoidable. You can’t prevent or change stressors such as the death of a loved one, a serious illness, or a national recession. In such cases, the best way to cope with stress is to accept things as they are. Acceptance may be difficult, but in the long run, it’s easier than railing against a situation you can’t change.

  • Don’t try to control the uncontrollable.
  • Look for the upside.
  • Share your feelings.
  • Learn to forgive.
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Strategies to Relieve, Prevent and Manage Stress: Part A

If your methods of coping with stress aren’t contributing to your greater emotional and physical health, it’s time to find healthier ones. There are many healthy ways to manage and cope with stress, but they all require change. You can either change the situation or change your reaction. When deciding which option to choose, it’s helpful to think of the four As: avoid, alter, adapt, or accept.
Since everyone has a unique response to stress, there is no “one size fits all” solution to managing it. No single method works for everyone or in every situation, so experiment with different techniques and strategies. Focus on what makes you feel calm and in control.
Dealing with Stressful Situations: The Four A’s
Change the situation:
* Avoid the stressor.
* Alter the stressor.
Change your reaction:
* Adapt to the stressor.
* Accept the stressor.
Stress management strategy #1: Avoid unnecessary stress
Not all stress can be avoided, and it’s not healthy to avoid a situation that needs to be addressed. You may be surprised, however, by the number of stressors in your life that you can eliminate.

  • Learn how to say “no”;
  • Avoid people who stress you out;
  • Take control of your environment;
  • Avoid hot-button topics;
  • Pare down your to-do list.

Stress management strategy #2: Alter the situation
If you can’t avoid a stressful situation, try to alter it. Figure out what you can do to change things so the problem doesn’t present itself in the future. Often, this involves changing the way you communicate and operate in your daily life.

  • Express your feelings instead of bottling them up.
  • Be willing to compromise.
  • Be more assertive.
  • Manage your time better.
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